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Projects

R&D projects

In order to bring its ambitious technological ideas to fruition, the Kishurim Group tackled the preparation and submission of various project proposals to the R&D-sponsoring program of the European Community. Five such proposals were accepted for funding during the last few years, four of which are under our Group's coordination. In these projects, Kishurim has collaborated with universities, research institutes and commercial companies.

DUNES project – The objective of the DUNES project was to develop a methodology and advanced software tools to enable new ways of collaboration and co-construction of knowledge through synchronous e-discussion. The project focused on the graphical representation of the discussion as the learning engine – for the individual and for the group: argumentative maps of (a-)synchronous, written, mapped, moderated discussion. The project's resulting tools are Digalo, Oasis, Paseo + awareness system. Read more...

ARGUNAUT Project – The Argunaut project focused on the work of the teacher in their role of moderator of learning-oriented argumentative activities in class. Building on artificial intelligence and advanced visualization means, the ARGUNAUT system assists the moderator in real time, enabling them to improve the pedagogical outcomes of Digalo-mediated activities and to increase the number of such activities that can be effectively monitored at the same time.  Read more...

Escalate project – The project aimed at demonstrating that Digalo and argumentative learning methods, in combination with inquiry-based methods, can contribute significantly to the adoption of scientific careers by young students. The project covered formal and non-formal educational environments and the experience and insight gathered has been condensed in a comprehensive "white book" accessible from the project's website. Read more...

KP-Lab project – The KP-Lab project integrates the efforts of many institutions with the aim of developing methods and technological tools to improve knowledge practices within both learning and working environments. The theoretical basis of the project lies in the "trialogical" learning approach, which addresses "knowledge creation" as a complex activity around shared (and usually jointly created) objects, sustained processes and suitable technologies. In the framework of the latter, our group conceived and proposed the Map-It tool. Read more...

Launched in July 2010, by the end of its 3-year duration the Metafora R&D project will result in the creation of a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) system to enable young students to learn science and mathematics in an effective and enjoyable way. The students will, first and foremost, learn to learn, collaboratively addressing an assignment (“the challenge”) posed by the teacher involving a relatively complex problem. Working in small groups during a couple of weeks, the students will plan, organize and tackle the challenge by themselves. The Metafora platform will offer an argumentation and discussion workspace where the students will gather to dis­cuss their findings and arrive at an agreed solution, using also other available tools, such as microworlds. The use of a visual language will permit the students to be precise in their planning and then later in enacting the planned activi­ties, while also allowing the system to intelligently track their activities and produce useful information and feedback for both students and teachers. Read more...

These project have all led to the development of concrete, computerized dialogic tools and pedagogies.

Other projects

The Group has participated in projects outside of Europe, implementing and further researching its tools and pedagogical methods. In 2006, our Group made contact with the National Open and Distance University (UNAD) in Colombia with the aim of planning and carrying out a special research project using Digalo – a software tool, developed in the aforementioned DUNES project, which enables a novel form of synchronic discussion for educational purposes. The project, financed by the Ministry of the Interior in Colombia and coordinated by the group of Prof. Luis Maldonado at UNAD, was launched in 2007 and was aimed at supporting the rehabilitation and reincorporation of young ex-guerilla fighters. Read more.

The Group has also led several teacher training cycles featuring its methodologies and systems.

Science education and beyond: The SCIPIENS Initiative

The initiative SCIPIENS has grown from the idea to do more, and more effectively, for science education globally and in the developing world in particular. Currently in its preliminary stages, the initiative is aimed at promoting life skills and values through science education.   Read more...

 

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